Weather: Possible shower in Newcastle and Nelson Bay (both 19 degrees). Morning fog and possible shower in Raymond Terrace (19 degrees) and Maitland (20 degrees); possible shower in Wallsend and Toronto (20 degrees). Morning fog and partly cloudy in Cessnock, Singleton (both 20 degrees), Muswellbrook and Scone (both 19 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch: Foggy start to the day and clean offshore waves through out the morning. Swell is still coming in from two directions S/E to East at 1 to 1.2m.Light and variable winds N/W to S/E. Tides low first up and suiting the peaky bank off Newcastle Beach.Nobbys,Dixon and Merewether on the incoming tide.Flatrock and Cliff towards mid day high.Samurai and Birubi up at Port Stephens. To the south,Dudley,Redhead and Frenchmans. Shorebreaks are sanded up and some gutters have formed.Flagged areas of Nobbys and Bar beach if in for a swim. Water temp is 18C.
THE Newcastle Greens have called in the lawyers in a bid to sort out an increasingly bitter preselection fight that could see Therese Doyle forced off the city’s council by her own party. Read more.
SUPPORTERS of the long-running Newcastle Art Gallery redevelopment proposal are disappointed there will be no funding announcement from NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin while he is in the Hunter for a community cabinet meeting. Read more.
Mayor of Maitland, Cr Peter Blackmore, has confirmed the city did not receive an invitation and has missed out on the chance to speak directly with cabinet ministers at the community cabinet meeting in Singleton on Thursday. Read more.
Would-be phone scammers have been coaxing people into purchasing gift cards in order to pay an outstanding debt. Read more.
It is not every day you have the opportunity to shake the hand of Prince Harry. Or be petted by him. Read more.
THE state government is backing the 54-hour Lake Macquarie ‘Hackathon’ this weekend. The event is focused on developing innovative transport solutions to help boost business and startup innovation in the region. Read more.
As Glencore staff prepare to return to work after a 48-hour stoppage across all the Hunter sites, the rank and file unanimously endorsed taking further industrial action if necessary in the process of negotiating the expired agreements. Read more.
The war memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park is being redeveloped during the Centenary of Anzac, and a piece of Cessnock will be part of the historic project. Read more.
The faces of Greta Migrant camp, which this month marks the anniversary of the first draft of migrants in 1949. Read more.
The beautiful Barrington Tops is set to be centre stage in a short film capturing its beauty and international heritage appeal. Read more.
KNIGHTS chief executive Matt Gidley accepts Jack Bird’s rationale for declining an offer to join Newcastle. But Gidley thinks the Brisbane-bound Cronulla star will be proven wrong after he declared on Wednesday that the Knights “won't be in the top eight for the next three years”. Read more.
IT will be a bittersweet moment for Mac Dawson if the current Scone Golf Club champion defends his crown over the next fortnight. Read more.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
Deaths confirmed in 'unprecedented' tower inferno
►LONDON: Hundreds of people lived in the 120 four-bedroom Grenfell Tower, a 1970s-era concrete council building in west London. At least 50 were taken to hospital with injuries or suffering from smoke inhalation...full coverage here.
► QUEENSLAND: Condamine producers called in the help of a chopper last week to try and alleviate the pressures of feral pigs in the area which is making it difficult for them to keep crops alive...read on.
► TASMANIA: It has been a week since he was relieved of 38 kilograms of fleece after he was discovered stranded on a ledge at Heybridge and now...“Everyone is interested in him. He’s a famous sheep."
► Native animals have been left traumatised and injured following a weekend-long bush doof near Cessnock. Intense noise distressed and disoriented wildlife in the area, prompting dangerous and erratic behaviour resulting in injury.
►Telstra is set to slash up to 1400 jobs across the country as part of a deep cost-cutting drive that could wipe out nearly 5 per cent of its workforce...read on.
► Who wouldn’t want to buy the Barossa? Or maybe a vineyard in regional NSW? You can with the latest Australian edition of the popular board game, Monopoly. Orange has been announced as one of only two NSW destinations to win a place
► Respected lawyer and president of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Rosalind Croucher, is tipped to replace Gillian Triggs in her controversial role as head of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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► Embattled British prime minister Theresa May has called for a "spirit of national unity" - but still lacks the vital Northern Irish votes she needs to save her government. "People shouldn't regard [the peace process] as a given. It's not certain, it is under stress, it is fragile," warned former Tory prime minister John Major.
► A top US Republican congressman is in a critical condition after he and several others were shot by a lone gunman who ambushed a Republican politician and staffer baseball practice session in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a Washington DC suburb...read on.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Annabella Lewis
Annabella Lewis is unusual – she loves public speaking when most people’s greatest fear is having to address an audience.
The Ballarat Grammar year 10 student finds it thrilling to talk to an audience about subjects she is passionate about.
Today she will address the judges and audience about education in the semi finals of the 2017 Plain English Speaking Award...read on.